John H. Charest

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AUGUSTA -- John H. Charest, 65, of Old Belgrade Road, died Dec. 25, 2011, in Augusta after an extended illness. He was born in Augusta on Aug. 30, 1946, the son of Henry and Germaine (Blouin) Charest.

John was a 1965 graduate of Cony High School. He served honorably in the Navy Seabees during the Vietnam War.

Prior to his retirement on Dec. 31, 2010, he was employed for a total of 41 years by the city of Augusta in the Public Works Department. Most recently, John was director of that department, a position he held for 28 years.

John was a communicant of St. Michael Parish at St. Augustine Catholic Church, a life member of Le Club Calumet, an avid golfer, and a member of Natanis Golf Club and the American Public Works Association.

Surviving are his daughter, Wendy R. Morris, and her husband, Erik, of North Attleborough, Mass.; his former wife of 27 years, soulmate and caretaker, M. Dawn Charest, of Augusta; five sisters, Annette Charest of DeLand, Fla. and China, Maine, Grace Dennell and her husband, Cliff, of Santa Maria, Calif., Joan Theberge of Augusta, Doris Brown and her husband, Jack, of China, and Anne Dutil of Augusta; three grandchildren, Julia, Ian and Aidan; one aunt; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

At his request, there will be no public visiting hours.

A memorial mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Augusta. Burial will be at a later date in St. Joseph Cemetery, Gardiner.

Special thanks to the following: Dr. Robin Locke and the staff at the Harold Alfond Center, the staff at MGMC A-4 Oncology, and HealthReach Hospice for the wonderful care and support provided to John and his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, c/o MaineGeneral Health, Office of Philanthropy, P.O. Box 828, Waterville 04903-0828.

Published in Central Maine on Dec. 28, 2011